February 1, 2024
We are recording this interview at Monk’s BBQ in lovely downtown Purcellville, VA.
Over the years some technical terms are easy to understand for mere mortals – data centers, high-speed internet, and even identity management. However, when you mention the term “Kubernetes,” a normal professional eye would glaze over. Some technical professionals may have to revert to making up some applications.
Well, the wait is over. Today, world-famous Paul Smith from Rancher Government Services will give a working definition of Kubernetes and show how efficiently using this technology can reduce costs and improve security for federal systems.
We begin the interview from 40,000 feet with a general guide to open-source software and Paul Smith gives an overview of Linux and Red Hat. That parallel seems to ring some chords.
Next, the concept of “container” was expounded upon. A container is merely a bundle of software, this is portable. It can be used as plastic blocks children use. You can pick up the container and run it anywhere. When it comes to three-year-olds, the blocks end up all over the house!
Now that the foundation is set, Paul Smith indicates that in and of itself, the open-source Kubernetes provides high availability and scaling; on the other hand, it can be difficult to install, complicated, and needs to be monitored.
Today’s federal hybrid clouds need a way to manage these containers. Enter, Rancher Government Solutions.
During the interview, Paul Smith presents some of the challenges in a multi-cloud world. He includes comments on legacy systems, edge computing, and orchestration.
If you would like more information on Rancher Government Solutions, please download the free whitepaper titled Pioneering Secure by Default Open-Source Kubernetes Solutions
If you enjoyed this episode, then you may want to listen to Ep. 100 Understanding Threat Intelligence for Federal Systems
John Gilroy appeared on National Public Radio in Washington DC for 25 years; during that time, he wrote 523 technology columns for The Washington Post.
Currently, John is an award-winning lecturer at Georgetown University. Forgot to mention — he has recorded over 1,000 podcast interviews.